November 28, 2013

SALAMAT, a Talk Supe Giveaway

Salamat is how we say Thank You in Filipino or Tagalog. 

It's that time of the year where we're reminded to give thanks to our blessings. I'm thankful for the health and love of my family and friends. That's a gift that one can't put a price tag on. 

I'm thankful for all the Supies who continue to support, visit and follow Talk Supe. It has been a wonderful ride so far and though there were bumps in the road, THANK YOU for sticking around. 

On a more serious note, I'd like to take advantage of your tryptophan induced food coma to raise awareness about Typhoon Haiyan and the destruction it caused in the Philippines, my home country. In behalf of my countrymen, I hope that you could pay your blessings forward by donating whatever you can regardless of how big and small.

  • UNICEF staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to provide emergency aid and the organization is gearing up to deliver supplies to children and their families. Donations can be made online or by texting RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.
  • CARE teams are on the ground in the Philippines and the organization plans to provide emergency relief to thousands of families. Donations can be made online or by calling 1-800-521-CARE within the U.S. or +1-404-681-2552.
  • World Vision is mobilizing nearly 500 staff around the country to respond to the disaster. Donations are accepted online and the organization also lets you sponsor a child in the Philippines.
  • The American Red Cross has volunteers spread throughout the region and accepts donations online. You can also mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.
  • Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the area. Donations can be made online or by texting DONATE to 20222.
  • AmeriCares is deploying medical aid and a relief team to Philippines, and says an emergency shipment with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors is already on its way.
  • The Philippine Red Cross has deployed staff and volunteers across the region. You can easily make a donation through organization's website.
  • To donate to the Salvation Army's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, visit its website or text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 and reply YES to confirm your donation. The organization uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief.
  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has sent an emergency response team to assist with safe water, hygiene and sanitation needs, with additional aid to follow. Donations can be made online or by calling +1 855 9RESCUE.
  • The International Medical Corps is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. Donations can be made online or by calling1-800-481-4462.
  • Mercy Corps responders are working with local partners to provide food, water and shelter. Donations can be made online.
  • Handicap International supports people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in situations of poverty, conflict and disaster. The group has been working in the Philippines since 1985 and is preparing emergency aid for the hard-hit city of Tacloban. Donations can be made online.
  • Catholic Relief Services says its assessment teams have reached the hard-hit island of Leyte by boat. The organization will prioritize emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items potable water and toilets. Donations can be made online or by calling 1-877-435-7277.

That said, I'm paying it forward to my beloved Supies. I wish I have deeper pockets so pardon me for the limited prizes.

+ a $5 Amazon Gift Card

Good luck and Salamat!

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  1. What an awesme giveaway for a geat cause! Happy thanksgiving Braine!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Braine! That's a wonderful thing spotlighting all of the ways to help!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Braine! :)

  4. I think this is a great giveaway, thanks. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving darling! I wish you all the best. I'm sad we don't celebrate that in France.

  6. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Thanks, guys and I hope yours was great as well.

  8. I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely, Braine. I'm behind on commenting, obviously, but I wanted to take the time to comment about this. My brother is headed to the Philippines in a few weeks to help in recovery efforts. It's hard seeing the devastation there.

    And thank you for the gracious giveaway. :)


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